Latest restrictions - Frequently Asked Questions

The latest information regarding shielding under the current restrictions can be found on our Shielding Information page. 

You can find the details of all the current business support on our Business Support page. 

You will find details regarding the current business restrictions on our Business restrictions page. 

You can go into another household to provide care and support for a vulnerable person. This can include providing emotional support for someone whose wellbeing is at risk, including for those who are isolated because of disability or a caring situation.

For more information visit Scottish Government’s Stay at Home guidance

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have changed.

From 16 April:

  • the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 6 separate households.
  • the maximum number of people who can meet indoors in a public place is 4 which can be from up to 2 separate households.
  • 2m physical distancing should be maintained between members of different households.
  • when meeting outdoors, children under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people or households counted in a gathering, but do count towards the number of households when meeting indoors – but not the number of people. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others. This is to allow children under 12 to play with their friends.

For more information visit Scottish Government’s Stay at Home guidance

If you use someone else’s toilet – avoid touching surfaces with your hands as much as possible, wipe any surfaces that you do touch with antibacterial wipes, wash your hands thoroughly, dry your hands with a freshly laundered towel or a paper towel, which you should dispose of in a closed bin.

For more information visit Scottish Government’s Stay at Home guidance

The current restrictions on numbers at the crematorium remains at 20 people. The reception at Aberdeen Crematorium is to be closed but cremations and services are to continue under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

It is planned that this will increase to 50 people from 26 April. Funeral events and receptions may also be able to take place with up to 50 people (no alcohol) from that date.  

For more information visit our births, deaths and ceremonies page.

An extended household is a support network which joins two households. 

You can form an extended household with another household of any size if you: 

  • live by yourself 
  • are a single parent 
  • are part of a couple who lives apart – including any children you each live with 

For more information visit the Scottish Government’s advice on extended households page. 

By law, you can only leave your home (or garden) if you have a reasonable excuse. 

You should also keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum , if you have to travel for essential purposes, you should follow the guidance on travelling safely.

If you are in the shielding group the Scottish Government advise that you should not use public transport in a level 4 area.  

For more information visit the Scottish Government travel and transport guidance page. 

All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only. In line with Competition and Markets Authority guidance, a full refund should be offered to customers who booked holiday homes but could not stay in them due to lockdown restrictions.

It is planned that from 26 April, that tourist accommodation may reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering). 

For more information visit Scottish Government’s Stay at Home guidance

Gyms and swimming pools are closed. It is planned that they may re-open for individual exercise from 26 April. 

For more information visit Scottish Government’s Stay at Home guidance

 

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